Imperial Incident

Incident Name: Imperial Incident
Incident Time: 10:03:00 a.m.
Incident Date: 6-28-2017
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials
Incident Location:

30900 block of Imperial Street

Equipment Assigned:

Engines 32, 65; Battalion 3; HAZMAT 66; Breathing Support 66; Safety Officers; PIO




Shafter, CA

Just after 10:00 AM this morning, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for 150 lb cylinder leaking chlorine at a chemical products company. KCFD Engine 32 arrived on scene and was met by personnel on site.  There were no injuries and all employees had evacuated and were accounted for.  Firefighters isolated the area around the leaking cylinder.  Environment Health HAZMAT personnel monitored the area downwind of the incident and did not detect a hazardous environment and no further evacuations were necessary.  Kern County Fire Department’s HAZMAT 66 was called to the scene and set up for a “Reconnaissance Entry”.  The entry team carefully made access to the pressurized cylinder and determined that it was still leaking chlorine.  Additional resources responded to the scene to support a second entry.  The second entry was made utilizing Level A HAZMAT suits.  An ambulance was called to the incident to provided a medical standby for the entry team members as they faced extremely high temperatures while operating in the specialized, sealed personal protective suits. During this entry, firefighters were able to take action to stop the leak and confirm the cylinder was sealed.  No injuries to firefighters.  KC Environmental Health remained on scene to assist in coordinating the cleanup operation. 

Assisting Agencies: Environmental Health, Hall Ambulance





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